Almost a decade ago, Mazda first introduced a diesel engine in its lineup. At the time, this engine was limited to overseas markets. Now, the Mazda diesel engine will finally be reaching our shores in the well-equipped Mazda CX-5 crossover. The diesel-equipped model is coming to showroom floors now.
The 2.2-liter SKYACTIV®-D four-cylinder diesel engine will have an output of 168 horsepower and 290 lb-ft of torque. This engine will only be available initially on the top Signature trim and will come standard with all-wheel drive.
Mazda has a goal of ultimately selling 10 percent of Mazda CX-5 models equipped with the diesel option. This would equate to about 15,000 a year. Mazda said it had about 20,000 potential customers express interest in the diesel option, and people started placing orders for them earlier this spring.
In addition to the optional diesel engine, the Mazda CX-5 Signature model is equipped with premium features that give it a sophisticated feel and keep you riding in comfort. These include things like ambient interior lighting, driver-seat memory functions, wood trim accents, premium leather upholstery, heated rear seats, heated and ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel and front and rear parking sensors.
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The brand new 2019 Mazda CX-5 Signature trim debuted last month at the 2018 Seattle Auto Show, which ran from Nov. 9-12. The Signature trim is now the range-topping trim for Mazda’s best-selling vehicle, the CX-5 crossover.
The CX-5 Signature is powered by a turbocharged SKYACTIV-2.5T engine with G-Vectoring Control Plus. This engine also powers the larger CX-9 crossover and the Mazda6 sedan. The powertrain perfectly balances power and efficiency for the 2019 CX-5 Signature.
The 2019 Mazda CX-5 Signature is all about modern luxury. Premium materials include genuine layered wood trim and Caturra Brown Nappa leather. Tech is highly advanced in the Signature trim, including standard Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ smartphone integration and a Bose® 10-speaker premium sound system. The Signature interior also includes heated and ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, and a 360-degree View Monitor that includes front and rear parking sensors.
Other trims in the 2019 Mazda CX-5 lineup include Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring. The Mazda CX-5 originally debuted in 2012; since its debut, Mazda has sold more than 2 million models worldwide.
The new 2019 Mazda CX-5, including the Signature trim level, is now available at El Dorado Mazda.
In case you didn’t know, Mazda CX-5 safety features include a range of intelligent upgrades, which is a reason the CX-5 earned a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The Top Safety Pick+ rating is the highest designation a car can receive from the IIHS, and this award is evidence of the impressive safety features possessed by the CX-5.
According to Mazda, the CX-5 has received this award from the IIHS five years in a row. Safety features include Smart City Brake Support, standard LED headlights, and more. In order to receive the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ rating, the CX-5 had to earn a “good” rating in five areas, as well as “advanced” in front crash prevention and “acceptable” or “good” in headlight ratings.
“Our Mazda Proactive Safety Philosophy guides us to develop cars and crossover SUVs that are nimble and direct-feeling to help a driver avoid incidents altogether. Our vehicles are designed and engineered to help protect the driver and passengers if a collision happens,” said Masashi Otsuka, VP of research and development at Mazda North America.
Other new safety features include Mazda Radar Cruise Control to help you maintain a safe following distance, Lane Keep Assist, and Traffic Sign Recognition to ensure you stay alert on the road. To see the range of new safety features on the 2017 Mazda CX-5, visit El Dorado Mazda.
The US market doesn’t seem to care much about diesel engines. Oftentimes, diesel gas is cheaper, diesel-powered vehicles are more efficient, and engines running on diesel fuel are more powerful. So, what gives? Whatever the case, Mazda has plans to change that soon with the new Mazda CX-5 diesel engine. Many automakers tend to keep their diesel engine offerings to the pickup truck lineups, but with a diesel option now on one of the brand’s most popular and trendy crossovers, Mazda is hoping that 10% of Mazda CX-5 buyers will opt for the diesel engine.
The 2.2-liter diesel engine isn’t coming to the Mazda CX-5’s lineup until this fall, but that’s not stopping the manufacturer from setting goals in advance. Considering the Mazda CX-5 sold about 112,000 units last year, that means Mazda has a target of about 11,500 sales of the diesel-powered model. Mazda is currently awaiting EPA approval for the SkyActiv-D engine, but because its engineers tuned the engine to comply with strict environmental regulations, Mazda reps are confident the diesel option will get a pass.
Pricing and EPA fuel economy estimates for the Mazda CX-5 diesel engine is not yet known, but officials say it will only be available on upper-range trim levels. Mazda says this will also give the company the opportunity to observe American consumers’ buying habits so they can adjust their long-term business strategy.
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